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Review Of Current Air Accidents Regulations’ll Align Nigeria With ICAO Standard –AIB

FelixThe review of the existing 2006 Civil Aviation Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents Regulations would foster conformity of the industry in Nigeria to the updated International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, Standards and Recommended Practices, SARPS, the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB has said.

In a statement issued on Saturday by Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, General Manager, Public Affairs, AIB, the Bureau noted that the review became necessary in a bid for its policy to be in tandem with its counterparts around the world.

The review workshop slated to hold on Tuesday, February 23, at the Western Hotels, Ikeja, will have in attendance, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation and Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, among other big wigs in the industry.

“The review of the existing 2006 policy is pertinent for the aviation industry in Nigeria to conform to the updated International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, Standards and Recommended Practices, SARPS,” Oketunbi said.

According to the AIB spokesman, since the current policy, which was promulgated in November 2006 came into operations, there had been series of amendments to accident and incident investigation by ICAO, especially to the Annex 13 of the convention.

He explained that, as one of the leading globally recognised aviation investigators, AIB could not operate in isolation of global standards and recommended practices.

“The management has noticed some gaps in the current regulations, which the new one will seek to address. We hereby requested relevant aviation stakeholders like airline operators, professionals, unions, oil companies operating within the sector, individuals with key interest in aviation Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, and the general public for their valuable contributions on the proposed amendment.

“We are doing this in conformity with our regulation 22, which reads in part, ‘These regulations shall be amended from time to time to bring them into conformity with the provisions of ICAO Annex 13, any amendment thereto and the Civil Aviation Act,” the statement added.

Also expected with their paper presentations at the event to usher in the new policy for accident investigation in the sector are revered aviation lawyer and immediate past President of Aviation Round Table, ART, Capt. Dele Ore and the Managing Director of Aeroconsult Limited, Engr. Babatunde Obadofin.

Others are top aviation stakeholders and professionals from the Ministry of Transportation, aviation agencies, airlines, concessionaires and private sector.
Technical Directors from AIB are also expected to present papers while Dr. Felix Abali, Chief Executive Officer/ CEO of the bureau, would present the welcome address.

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